Kiel Whisky Fair 2022 (Fair)

Impressions of Kiel Whisky Fair 2022 (Slainte!)

One after another, my favorite whisky fairs are now reawakening from their pandemic-caused hiatus. At the end of 2021, I already had the pleasure of visiting Bottle Market in Bremen and Bordershop Whisky & Ron Festival in Puttgarden again. And this month I got to return to (more…)

Fading Hill German Single Malt Whisky (Review)

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Not too long ago, my friend Aaron, who runs the very recommendable Drams United blog, visited the first Festival of German Whisky at Burg Scharfenstein in Thuringia. One of his most talked-about discoveries was a dram I did not know about before, namely Fading Hill Whisky (more…)

FABLE Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Batch Two (Review)

Full shot of FABLE Blended Malt Scotch Whisky - Batch Two

Following up on my recent review of Batch One of FABLE Whisky’s delicate Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, I have now also written tasting notes for Batch Two. It constitutes a great addition to the range – especially due to the fact that it has a totally different character than Batch One. (more…)

“Bourbon & Rye” Virtual Tasting with Lux Row Distillers (Tasting)

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The regular BarleyMania readers will know it: I am mostly a malt whisky guy; bourbon and rye – though fantastic categories – only find their way into my glass occasionally. Against this background, I was extra-happy when spirits distributor Prineus GmbH invited me (more…)

FABLE Whisky: “Bringing Scotland’s stories to life via her national drink” (Interview)

FABLE Whisky from Glasgow: Story-driven Indy Bottler ("The Ghost Piper of Clanyard Bay")

In my recent review for FABLE‘s Dailuaine 12 Years Old I claimed that “both [FABLE‘s] visuals and storytelling [were] pretty much unparalleled in the whisky world.“ That statement gets even more weight, I think, when you know that I have mad appreciation for captivating narratives (more…)

High Coast 8yo “The Nordic Casks” by Berry Bros & Rudd (Review)

Header image of High Coast Vintag 2013 "The Nordic Casks" by Berry Bros & Rudd

Last year, tradition-rich British indie bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd released a special set of whiskies drawn from single casks. Called “The Nordic Casks”, the exclusive selection included top-class bottlings from Fary Lochan (Denmark), Kyrö (Finland), Myken (Norway) (more…)

Dailuaine 11yo “Chapter Three: Moon” by FABLEWhisky (Review)

Header image of Dailuaine 11yo by Fable Whisky from Scotland (BarleyMania)

For as long as I can remember, I have felt attracted to the dark, the grotesque, and the obscure. No matter in what form it appears e.g., a gothic novel, a fright flick, or a horror-themed heavy metal album I always find the supernatural highly intriguing. (more…)